Sectarian violence anticipated during Shia Muslim Chehlum celebration in Pakistan

Intensive security measures are being implemented in Pakistan prior to the Shia Muslim procession of Chehlum that takes place on Tuesday, marking the 40th day after Ashura and the martyrdom of Imam Hussain. In the past, this celebration has generated religiously-motivated violence with many deaths and injuries. Security measures will include the suspension of mobile phone services.

Travellers should be very cautious and avoid all public and political gatherings since they may become violent without notice.

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